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Mind the Gap

Over at his blog Science, Reason, and Critical Thinking, Crispian Jago presents a "subway map" of modern scientific achievements, or as he puts it, "500 Years of science, reason, and critical thinking via the medium of gross over-simplification, dodgy demarcation, glaring omission and a very tiny font." (Be sure to open the full-size image in a new window and zoom in to appreciate the detail.) Check out the teal line — the route that maps achievements in microbiology, neurology, and medicine — and the lime green line — detailing advances in genetics, the last stop of which is currently Craig Venter station. Francis Crick and James Watson stations are commuter hubs; at the former, (technology) transfer is available to theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology, as well as the microbiology and genetics lines. Jago says he's open to suggestions for improvements. "If you think the map has any merit then peer review comments are most welcome and I will endeavor to improve it," he writes.

HT: Power of Data Visualization

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.